Jim Heid is a land planner, strategic real estate advisor and development consultant with a passion for realizing a more sustainable built environment. His pioneering work in sustainable community design began in 1996 as the principal author for several Urban Land Institute courses and publications on Sustainable Community Development. He has been involved in project around the globe through his firm – UrbanGreen® – (www.urbangreen.net) acting as a trusted strategy advisor and development manager for legacy landowners, governments, real estate developers and capital market providers seeking tangible answers to the rapidly evolving discussion surrounding sustainable real estate.
His industry thought leadership continues today as a member of ULI’s Climate, Land Use and Energy (CLUE) Committee, as a founding member of the Responsible Property Investing Council and expert advisor to BioRegional’s One Planet Living program.
Known for his practical but aspirational approach to sustainable real estate, Jim has become a sought
‐after speaker for his ability to effectively and clearly explain the complex layers of sustainable community design and real estate development. He has delivered over 50 presentations within the past five years to a variety of professional organizations and institutions. Jim has served as a mentor, instructor and advisor to a wide range of professionals and students.
Trained as a landscape architect, Jim received his Masters in Real Estate Development from MIT as way to more effectively integrate the realms of economics, development and design.